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Finding Lost Things with Quantum Jumps

Finding Lost Things with Quantum Jumps

“The following examples of finding lost things gives you an idea of what it can feel like to move from a state of feeling separated from an important object, and the surprise and joy of seeing it turn up, often quite unexpectedly.

I experienced a remarkable reality shift in which my friend’s missing eyeglasses materialized after both of us had conducted a very thorough search of the house. My friend commented that his glasses were not anywhere they would be expected to be… not in pockets, or on a table, or a counter, or a chair. We retraced his steps around the house, and still didn’t see them anywhere… including in his car or out on the street by the car. I asked my friend to describe his glasses to me, which helped me gain a clear impression of what his glasses looked like in their case.

I then felt how much I loved my friend, and how important these glasses were to him, as we walked once more around the house. In this state of walking meditation, I held a vision of what the glasses looked like, while feeling relaxed, confident, and loving. I knew that when things of importance go missing, there’s no need to panic. In fact, I remembered that it’s best to calm down, any time my friend or I started feeling worried.

I knew from first-hand experience that the best state of mind for having lost items reappear is to feel relaxed, yet excited that at some point the items will return. On the very next stroll through my kitchen, I heard a soft “thump” sound one pace behind where I’d just walked. I spun around to see what had made the noise, and saw I was the only one in the area… and there just a couple of feet from me, on the kitchen floor, were my friend’s glasses!”

- Quantum Jumps (Cynthia Sue Larson)


One of the more enjoyable ways to experience quantum jumps is to find yourself in a reality in which you’re reunited with a favorite missing possession. You can start with the usual steps we typically follow when searching for something we’ve lost, that include:

1. Retrace your steps to where the item was last seen and where it may have traveled,
2. Ask anyone nearby if they’ve seen it,
3. Ask the item to show itself by asking a question my mother taught me when I was very young, “Now if I were _______________(missing object), where would I hide?”
4. Tidy things up while searching. Put things together that are similar, creating a systematic process of elimination that makes it easier to spot the missing item later on.

After you’ve covered these search basics, it’s time to harness the natural search powers of our brain. Researchers at UC Berkeley have found that your brain calls in backup to find lost things. We typically organize objects into one of one thousand categories in our mind, in such a way that when we see something, we can assign it to a logical and easily retrievable location in memory. While this may not in itself be all that remarkable, recent neuroscience studies show that when study participants are asked to look for something in particular, such as a person, their brains can be seen to widen the net of possible categories:

“… their brains also commandeered the brain regions responsible for perception of animals, body parts, action verbs and natural minerals and shifted them toward the perception of people. Likewise, when participants were seeking vehicles, the categories of tools, devices and structures were also stimulated by representations of vehicles.”

If after trying all the above steps, you still can’t locate your missing item, it’s time to pull out all the stops and resort to some really amazing natural quantum processes. Just as scientists are now discovering that plants try all possible pathways in order to maximize efficiency of light absorption in cells by virtue of a process called quantum coherence, so too can we take advantage of the fact that as many physicists believe, we and every object around us exists in a superposition of states.

When seeking lost keys, for example, envision there is more than one reality in which your keys exist. In some realities, your keys seem to be gone, and in others your keys are nearby in a perfectly accessible place. You are now seeking one of many possible realities in which your keys return to you. Without getting overly concerned with which particular realities have your keys and which don’t, it’s best to adopt the attitude seen in many a “Missing” poster that states, “No questions asked.” In the realm of quantum physics, in which Shrödinger’s cat is either alive or dead, we don’t so much care about the details as to which of many possible realities the keys come back from, as long as they do return.

Once you’ve focused attention on what you’re seeking, so as to expand your ability to find it with more of your brainpower actively being put to work, it’s time to lighten your mood a little… and relax. Saying “Hope for reality shift!” the way my daughters did when they were young is an excellent way to feel a bit more light-spirited, thereby making it easier for you to make a jump between parallel worlds of possibility. What this phrase lacks in sophistication it more than compensates in successful returns of missing things—often either in places already thoroughly checked, or rather unexpected locations one would not expect (such as my toddler’s favorite juice cup suddenly perched atop the refrigerator, or water shoes resting atop my daughter’s pillow, or my favorite jewelry tucked inside a dresser drawer).

When lost objects reappear, they often seem a little shy… preferring to quietly sneak into an out-of-the-way location, rather than startling people by exuberantly popping into existence right before their very eyes. Trust your intuition, and look in even some of the strangest, least likely locations that come to mind. You might just be surprised to find what you’ve been looking for!

- Quantum Jumps (Cynthia Sue Larson)

QUESTION: Do things go missing in the other reality if I am successful at finding my lost things?

ANSWER: Things do not go missing in other realities when you find them arriving in your reality. What’s actually happening is that you are the one moving between realities, and this is something you’re doing all the time. We exist in a superposition of possible realities, choosing which reality we inhabit at every decision point. In most cases, the transition is so smooth that nobody gives it any thought… much the way frames of a movie progress forward with small movements, and everything seems perfectly natural. Except once in a while, something that wasn’t there may suddenly appear, transport, or transform.

- Quantum Jumps (Cynthia Sue Larson)